8 Essential To-Dos for Selling Your Home This Spring
The spring selling season is upon us! It’s a time when buyers come out for open houses on the weekends and home sales reach their peak. All across the country, homeowners are sprucing up their properties in anticipation of prospective buyers touring their homes.
There’s a lot to do to get your property ready to bring to market. Here’s a quick list of to-dos for in and around your home.
1. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
Paint is an inexpensive and easy way to spruce up your home. It makes a house appear brighter and well-maintained. Do the baseboards need touching up? Could the front door use a new coat?
Walk through your home as a prospective buyer. Are there “unique” colors that may not appeal to everyone? While your daughter may prefer princess pink, stick with neutrals throughout to appeal to the masses.
2. De-Clutter Your Home
Not only does clutter distract people viewing your home, but it also makes your house seem smaller and crowded. When showing your home, you want to paint a picture for prospective buyers. By cleaning out the clutter, you are secretly whispering into prospective buyers’ ears, “Buy this house, and you will be clean and organized like me!
“Start de-cluttering the main living areas, but don’t forget to free up some room in closets and crawl spaces. (Prospective buyers love spacious storage areas.)
Rent a storage unit, or move items to Mom and Dad’s basement as a temporary fix. Get anything and everything you can out of your house.
3. Depersonalize Your Home
This can be hard for many sellers, but it’s important to take the “you” out of your home when you’re trying to sell it so prospective buyers can visualize their own lives fitting into the house. Try to minimize family photos, personal interests, and individual taste as much as possible. You want buyers to look at your home — not your family’s latest ski trip photos.
4. Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal
If buyers don’t like the outside of your property, they won’t ever set foot inside. When selling your home, it’s important to make your property shine from the foundation to the chimney. Power wash, clean, paint, and plant.
Once you’re done with your house, head next door to help your neighbors clean up their property. Don’t think potential buyers won’t notice the trash in the yard next door.
5. Clean, Clean, Clean
A clean home is a seen home. Clean your home from top to bottom, and keep it clean.
Clean the windows, the floors, the basement, the garage, and the baseboards. Don’t forget to dust light fixtures and make your faucets shine.
6. Gather All Pertinent Documents
If you really want to make it easy for potential buyers to purchase your home, help them do their homework. Do you have a recent property survey? Warranties for appliances? Homeowners’ association documents? If you have all of this information available to buyers when they visit your property, it will help solidify their decision in your favor.
7. Make Repairs
When you sell your home, the buyer has the opportunity to perform an inspection. Most likely, there are things around your house that may present a problem in the long run, such as roof leaks, plumbing problems, electrical issues, and water damage. Rather than waiting until that time, make the repairs now. It can save you money, and it will be one less thing to deal with once you’re under contract.
8. Interview Agents and Hire the Best One
When looking for your real estate agent, it’s important to shop around. You should hear different opinions on the pricing of your property, along with different marketing strategies. Not all homes sell, so be sure to ask what percentage of their listings do. What is their average percentage of sale price to list price? How will they handle communication, showings, and contracts? Most importantly, make sure your personality will mesh with your agent’s. You will be working with him or her very closely, and you want it to be a positive experience.
When looking to sell your home, there’s so much to think about. It can be nerve-wracking to ask strangers to walk through your house, but it’s easier when you know your home is clean and presentable. Hopefully, this list will point you in the right direction as you jump into the frenzy of the housing market.
What are your best tips for helping homeowners get their property ready to list?